American actress Scarlett Johansson had to be taught how to scrub floors for her role in new movie GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING - because she's never cleaned before.

Co-star Colin Firth was stunned the 19-year-old was so ill-prepared for her part as a maid who becomes artist VERMEER's model in the film, based on TRACY CHEVALIER's book.

Firth says, "She never read it. However, being a New York teenager, she had never cleaned before and didn't have a clue. In fact, she needed lessons to teach her how to scrub a floor."

22/01/2004 14:10